2017 WISE Research #09
People and Policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts
This comparative study examines apprenticeship --a globally recognized, work-based model of learning that links on-the-job training with institution-based or off-the-job training-- in eight countries: Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa. The report uses documentary analysis as its central methodological approach, citing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing and critically reflecting on existing literature and data produced by international organizations, government agencies, universities, and research institutions. The study combines analysis at the macro, meso, and micro levels to explore and define the incentives and disincentives for learners and employers to engage with apprenticeships, and to re-imagine apprenticeship policy and purpose. The report includes a focus on the demographics of apprentices, the challenges faced by apprenticeship systems, and the limitations of the research posed by the lack of comparable data on apprenticeship.
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This report has been reviewed by
- Prof. Anne Green, Professor of Regional Economic Development, University of Birmingham
- Prof. Ingrid Schoon, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University College of London